Bachelor, Stanford University, 1960; Master of Arts, Stanford University, 1964; College of Business Administration, Harvard University, 1961.
Associate writer General Hospital, ABC-television, 1965-1973; head writer General Hospital, ABC-television, 1973-1975; producer Friendly Road, Station KIXE-television, Redding, California, 1972; head writer Guiding Light, Columbia Broadcasting System-television, 1975-1980; head writer As the World Turns, Columbia Broadcasting System-television, 1980-1983; creator, co-owner Santa Barbara, NBC-television, since 1983; head writer Santa Barbara, NBC-television, 1983-1986, 91; executive producer Santa Barbara, NBC-television, 1986-1987, 91; creative production executive Santa Barbara, NBC-television, 1990-1991; president, Dobson Global Entertainment, Los Angeles, since 1994. Board directors Emory University Carlos Museum. Board advisors Atlanta International School, since 1997.
Board directors Carlos Museum, 1998-2001. Walter Wickiser Gallery, New York City, 2003. Member National Academy television Arts and Sciences (committee on substance abuse 1986-1988), Writers Guild American (award for Guiding Light 1977, for Santa Barbara 1991), American Film Institute (member television committee 1986-1988).
Married Jerome John Dobson, June 16, 1961. Children: Mary McColl, Andrew Carmichael.